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Dying to Say This to You
     

Dying to Say This to You

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by The Sounds
 

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It can be said with as much certainty that any outside observer can have that the Sounds' sophomore effort, Dying to Say This to You, has achieved all of its goals and then some. The Swedish indie rock band by all appearances set out to make a fun, high-quality pop
ock record and they did so, brilliantly. This disc has been

Overview

It can be said with as much certainty that any outside observer can have that the Sounds' sophomore effort, Dying to Say This to You, has achieved all of its goals and then some. The Swedish indie rock band by all appearances set out to make a fun, high-quality pop
ock record and they did so, brilliantly. This disc has been rendered with creativity and panache, and it features hooky songwriting so compelling that it's easy to listen to the mere 35 minutes of material (divided into 11 three-minute long, radio-friendly songs) on a continuous loop. Missing Persons comparisons have abounded in reviews of the Sounds, owed mostly to their integrated use of synthesizers, and singer Maja Ivarsson's sassy delivery (not to mention her iconic look, complete with obligatory Nordic platinum blonde hair), but this doesn't really do the group justice. Keyboardist Jesper Anderberg's use of synth on the album finds the instrument's natural place in indie rock, giving it a chance to evolve rather than languish as a tool for the retro and sarcastic. The hard rocking guitar and an unapologetic rhythm section don't let up to make way for the synthesizers; they all simply exist in a cohesive arrangement. This, combined with Ivarsson's spunky voice, brings to life highly danceable tunes that come off as just a little bit punky, despite their strong on-paper adherence to pop sensibilities, which proves that attitude in delivery counts for a lot in the overall feel of a record. Moods of individual songs do vary, from the pissy vibe on "Queen of Apology" to the wry and earnest ballad "Night After Night," which manages to evoke a sense of vulnerability amid the just-out-for-a-good-time songs that surround it on the album. The tone of the disc as a whole, however, is consistent and clear, leaving no question that the Sounds have found their voice. ~ Cammila Albertson

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Watertower Music
UPC:
0794043906022
catalogNumber:
39060
Rank:
89425

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sounds   Primary Artist
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Melora Creager   Cello
Annie Stocking   Background Vocals
Felix Rodriguez   Guitar,Group Member
Micah Gaugh   Saxophone
Johan Bengtsson   Bass,Group Member
Maja Ivarsson   Vocals,Group Member
Jesper Anderberg   Keyboards,Group Member
Fredrik Nilsson   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

James Iha   Producer
Stephen Murray   Artwork,Cover Photo
Mikael Johnston   Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Rudyard Lee Cullers   Engineer
John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers   Management
Jason Linn   Executive Producer
Brad Kobylczak   Engineer
Jeffrey Saltzman   Producer
Steve Beacham   Engineer
Ken Weinstein   Publicity
Joe Kara   Marketing

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Dying to Say This to You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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You can really feel the energy pulsating out of your headphones from the new album from this dynamic group of Swedes. "Dying to Say This To You" is a much stronger album from their debut release "Living in America." No rest spots can be found in this album as it is filled with keyboards galore, call and response, and just overall Swedish sass that is accustomed to this band.
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